Melbourne Cup Day

Today is Melbourne Cup Day!

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It is called “the race that stops the nation”.

Here are some Melbourne Cup facts:

  • The race is 3200 metres long.
  • The race is for horses aged three and over.
  • It is held on the first Tuesday in November each year.
  • The first Melbourne Cup was held in 1861.
  • 2011 is the 151st Melbourne Cup.
  • The race is held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia.
  • It is run as a “weight-for-age handicap”. That means the weight of jockey and riding gear is adjusted to a certain amount depending on the horse’s age and how well it has gone in previous races. Some horses carry more weight. Some horses carry less weight.
  • Race day in Melbourne is a public holiday. That means no school or work for people in Melbourne.
  • Many people like to bet on the race or particpate in a “sweep”.
  • The famous horse “Phar Lap” won the race in 1930.
  • The present record holder is the 1990 winner “Kingston Rule” with a time of 3 min 16.3 sec.

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We has a sweep in 2KM and 2KJ today. That means everyone pulled the name of a horse out of a hat.

It was a very exciting race and it was a “photo finish” at the end!

First place with the horse Dunaden was Morgan (2KJ) and Millie (2KM)

Second place with the horse Red Cadeaux was Charlotte (2KJ) and Andrew (2KM)

Third place with the horse Lucas Cranach was Sophie (2KJ) and Ella (2KM)

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Fashion is very important at the Melbourne Cup. We had our very own “Fashions on the Field” competition. The students had to design an outfit for the Melbourne Cup.

The winner of the girls was Ella (2KJ) and Mia (2KM).

The winner of the boys was Morgan (2KJ) and Ryley (2KM).

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Here is a slideshow of all our Melbourne Cup action.

What a fun day!

What horse were you going for in the Melbourne Cup?

What did you think of our Melbourne Cup activities?

What other sporting events do you think “stop the nation”?